We pick five of our favourite resorts where this special time of year is extra festive.

Child or adult, we all wish we could have a white Christmas every year. Heading to a resort is one of the best ways to guarantee this. What better way to spend Christmas than clipping in to your skis and exploring the mountains!

Kitzbuhel, Austria

The Locals' Project: Kitzbuhel

Last season we headed to this Tirollean beauty to see what all the fuss was about. We are sure you will agree that the resort lends itself perfectly to a festive break!
There was never any doubt that Kitzbuhel, one of the jewels in the crown of the Austrian Tirol, would feature on this list. The ancient alpine town is rich in character with winding streets and classical alpine architecture. It’s hard to imagine anywhere more festive!
Playing host to of one of the toughest events on the World Cup downhill calendar, the Hahnenkhan, might give the impression that the skiing is only for the daring. In fact, the terrain in this classic resort is varied and can be enjoyed by all. The resort may be steeped in racing heritage, however the off piste surrounding the resort is renowned around the Alps.
Located 90 minutes from Innsbruck airport by car, the resort is easily accessed from the UK, perfect for families with younger children.
 

Meribel, France

Nestled in the heart of the mammoth three valleys is the family friendly Meribel. The village itself may not rival some of the other resorts in this list for authentic beauty, but that’s not to say Meribel is an ugly duckling by any stretch of the imagination, in comparison to it’s brutalist, purpose built, high rise neighbours, it is more than pleasant. The decision to keep resort developments exclusively to chalet style architecture plays a key point. 
Convenience is king in this handily placed resort. There are a number of excellent ski schools in each of the villages as well as a 
Skiing within the local valley is varied, perfect for a family or mixed ability group, or even for an individual looking for a diverse day of skiing. If racking up the piste miles is your aim, then exploring the wider three valleys area is the name of the game. There are enough pistes to last the whole season, so keeping things fresh over the space of a week isn’t an issue
Whilst the sun-drenched slopes make for some feel good skiing, the rays can leave the snow a little heavy in the afternoon. Access to the adjacent linked resorts of Courchevel and Val Thorens is easier than ever thanks to recent lift developments. Remember to make your way back home in good time though, a taxi from a valley will put a dent in your budget and dampen that Christmas cheer! 

Tremblant, Canada

Eastern Canadian resorts are often overlooked in favour of the countries more rugged mountains in the West. However, Tremblant, the east’s leading resort, is popular with Brits throughout the season.
The rolling terrain is great for families and more relaxed skiers. The lively and colourful town centre is appealing to all with Intrawest, the owners paying extreme attention to detail throughout this purpose-built resort. As with all north American resorts the customer service is exemplary, so there will be no shortage of Christmas cheer! 
Tremblant is known for its very, very cold temperatures so don’t forget your Santa hat and scarf – maybe hope father Christmas brings you some extra socks. 
Arguably however, the best part of Tremblant is the poutine, which is the only food you eat when you’re in eastern Canada - in essence, gravy, cheese and chips, perhaps an interesting alternative to the classic roast dinner? We will let you decide.  

 

Zermatt, Switzerland

Nigel Shepherd
Few mountains are more recognisable than the Matterhorn, and what better peak to have in the background of your family’s Christmas portrait?
It’s easy to feel like it’s Christmas all winter long in this Ski Club members’ favourite resort. It’s hard to walk for more than a couple of minutes through the car-free resort without spotting a horse drawn sledge. The glitzy, high altitude escape is amongst the most snow-sure in the Alps meaning that it attracts a high profile international clientele. 
Skiing here tends to be more on the advanced side of things, and the price tag associated with anything is relatively high. However, if you can afford it it’s well worth the trip. If you like the sound of the area but not the prices you can stay in neighbouring Cervinia in Italy to save yourself some money but still access the incredible ski area.
Freshtracks run a number of holidays to this legendary resort each season.

Alpbach, Austria

7 in 7: Alpbach

The Ski Club visited Alpbach a couple of seasons ago to find out more about this beautiful area.
Unpretentious and unassuming village again in the heart of the Tirol is the perfect place if you are looking for a quiet and traditional Christmas experience. Once voted the prettiest village in Austria – sorry Kitzbuhel – the town comes alive over the festive periods, with markets and quirky local traditions to keep you entertained. One of which involves carol singers entering chalets unannounced to sing for the inhabitants and spread cheer, a kind of festive trick or treat. However, instead of showing your appreciation with confectionery, it is more common to reward singers with schnapps.
Alpbach sits in the heart of the Ski Juwel ski area – the area is not just a gem by name either. The beauty of the area isn’t limited to the confines of the village, the area boasts incredible views and a great mix of terrain. The area is still relatively young, only being created when new lifts were built in 2013. With over 100km of pistes and some incredible off piste opportunities there is something for all abilities in this postcard perfect corner of Austria. 
Relative to other resorts the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, pistes are quiet and lift queues are short. If you are looking to escape the carnage of the mega-resorts this Christmas, Alpbach is a great option.